BUSTE ALBERT DELVAUX (BOB WELLENS)
DELVAUX Albert (1913 - 2007)
Composer and cello player. Studied at the Royal Academy of Leuven and then Liege. Got the prize for virtuosity for cello (1935), a higher degree for chamber music (1936) and a first prize for counterpoint and fugue. After this, he studied conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Repeatedly won awards for his compositions: ‘Composition prize of Brabant (1956); twice the composition contest of the Queen Elisabeth competition (‘Sketches for chamber music’ in 1957 and ‘Sinfonia Burlesca’ in 1961). Received the award ‘Grote Prijs van Rome’ in 1961. In 1971 he won the prize of the ‘Algemeen Nederlands Verbond’ for his ‘Concerto for flute, hobo, clarinet, bassoon and chamber orchestra’.
Taught at the teacher training college in Tienen and the music academies of Leuven and Brussel. Head of the music academy of Sint-Niklaas from 1946 till 1978.
His honours list includes a range of some eighty compositions in different genres: chamber music, songs, choir works, cantata, symphonic works and concertos. He attached great importance to the classical tradition and the music technique.
WELLENS Bob (1956)
Sculptor. Studied at the Academy of Antwerp. Took evening courses stonemasonry with Frans Torfs; studied bronze casting at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg; education at the Higher Institute in Antwerp. Teacher at the Academy of Mortsel and from 1985 onwards teacher of sculpture at the Academy of fine Arts in Sint-Niklaas.
Kunst in de Stad, May 20th 1989